The very first MicroGrant in Uganda was for a preprimary school in Wanteete Village. Six months ago children had to walk miles to over stuffed classrooms with poor facilities. The women in the village decided to take up the cause when they were offered a MicroGrant for a project of their choosing. In February, the mothers in Wanteete Village opened their very own school and over 100 students are attending! News of the simple un-walled spaced, covered by iron sheets, is spreading and more children have been coming each week. The women’s spirits are high and everyone involved is incredibly proud of the group for their high dedication to the project and their children. The school, New York Junior School, was started with a mere $1600 MicroGrant which was in large part due to the generosity of the Segal Family Foundation (segalfamilyfoundation.org). This week the Foundation even more generously provided a follow up grant of $5000 to BESO who facilitated the MicroGrant process there. The follow up grant will enable the school land to expand. They will build an additional structure with five classrooms, hire more teachers and expand into a primary school. BESO (besoug.org) is coordinating the expansion with the women. Both the BESO staff and the community members are even pulling from their own resources to support the project – from donating wooden poles to follow up support.
Aaron, the Director of BESO, beams when he talks about the school and has mentioned how impressed he is by the women in the area. His dedication to the community is outstanding and we’re very happy to see him and the BESO team help facilitate the schools growth and continually support the women!